Reading is my favorite pastime 🙂
There are so many great healthcare books! I’m excited to share some of my favorite reads to celebrate World Book Day (which was actually yesterday, but whatever).
Some books are very informative and can help us get better care from our doctors, or guide our health decisions, or keep us safe in the hospital.
Others help us change our lifestyles to sleep better, eat better, and just be more relaxed.
And then there are the books with true-life tales of medical nightmares and miracles. These stories open our eyes to the limits of modern medicine, but also show us just how amazing the human body and spirit are.
Good enough sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep has always been elusive for me, so I’m always reading books about it. Most of us suffer from some form of insomnia at some point in our lives. As these books point out, modern lifestyles just aren’t compatible with sleep. But the authors offer valuable insight and tips to re-evaluate our sleep goals (who says we all need eight hours, or naps are bad?) and avoid overtreating insomnia with drugs (which, ironically, can actually make sleep problems worse).
Healthy body, healthy mind
To make up for my lack of quality sleep, I try to eat well, exercise more and stress less. Probiotics has been big in my family this year (and I don’t mean the probiotics that come in a pill), and a friend introduced me to the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hue-gah). I also learned that a natural pessimist such as myself could transform herself into a positive thinker!
The theme of my blog is getting better healthcare at a better price. Poor communication with care providers, in or out of the hospital, is a leading cause of medical error, overtreating and overspending. We can and must do better if we are to turn around this broken healthcare system. Patients can play a huge role by being informed, asking questions and expecting better care.
Medical dramas are popular, but most doctors and nurses I know don’t watch them. Why? Because the real-life stories of illness and injury are more frightening—and more inspiring—than anything a TV script writer can imagine.